Nov. 16, 2004
The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) announced Tuesday the unanimous decision, by an independent panel of three- arbitrators from the American Arbitration Association (AAA)/North American Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), finding that David Fuentes of Berkeley, California, an athlete in the sport of cycling, committed a doping violation.
Fuentes, 31, tested positive at the Redlands Classic in Redlands, California, on March 25, 2004, for oxymetholone, which is a prohibited anabolic steroid under Union Cycliste International (UCI) rules. UCI is the international federation for the sport of cycling.
The AAA/CAS Panel, following a full evidentiary hearing, concluded that Fuentes committed a doping violation and suspended Fuentes for two years from all sanctioned competition. This suspension is effective beginning on March 25, 2004, the date of the positive test. In addition, the AAA/CAS Panel ruled that Fuentes forfeits all competitive results occurring on or after that date. Fuentes also was fined of 165 Swiss Francs in accordance with UCI rules.
USA Cycling, the national governing body for the sport in the United States, will carry out the sanction.
USADA is responsible for managing the testing and adjudication process for athletes in the U.S. Olympic Movement. USADA is equally dedicated to preserving the integrity of sport through research initiatives and educational programs.